Tidemill Academy Governors – 2016/17

  Name   Category
David Mason, Chair   Trust governor
  Emma Jones, Vice Chair   Parent governor
  Lorraine Stewart   Head Teacher
  Kellie Sou   Staff governor
  Lisa Turner   Support Staff governor
  Graham Johnson   Co-Opted governor
  Jonathan Mayes   Trust governor
  Abigail Coman Walker   Trust governor
  Sharleen Baxter   Trust governor


The Governors noticeboard is in the main reception area of the school, opposite the 'Framed Assembly Wall'. Please visit the noticeboard to read profiles, see photos and for news.

David Mason- Chair of Governors
All sub-committees

I was elected as a community governor in 2011, based on my experience working in London education from 1970 until my retirement in 2010. I have been a classroom teacher, a subject advisor, a university lecturer and finally education manager of the London Grid for Learning. I also have some experience of chairing various committees at school, regional and national level. My subject specialisms are History and ICT. I am also the nominated governor for safeguarding.

Emma Jones- Vice Chair of Governors
All sub-committees

I wanted to become a governor at Tidemill to support the school, champion its values and help make it an even better place to learn and work.

I became a governor because I have professional skills as a journalist, broadcaster and magazine editor that are hopefully valuable. I have also got a broad interest in education. I have two children who went to Tidemill and have gone on to secondary school and two still attending Tidemill. I therefore have a vested interest in helping maintain the school’s high standards.

I am also the literacy link governor. This means I liaise with Amy Heath (writing leader) and Jessica Barnett (reading subject leader), to support them in their roles, and communicate with the governing body. We most recently worked together on National Book Week. I am Chair of the Standards and Community committee, which closely monitors and evaluates performance in these areas, including that of pupil premium children.

Lorraine Stewart- Headteacher
All sub-committees

As Headteacher, I am on the governing body and attend all full governing body and sub-committee meetings. I have been on the governing body for over 7 years, previously as a staff governor. Governors play an important role in the school, exercising their powers and responsibilities in partnership with myself and the staff. Although they are not involved in the day-to-day management of the school, they play a large role in planning for the school’s future at a strategic level. Governors act as a critical friend to the school, offering support and advice and ensuring the school improvement agenda is high and heading in the right direction.

Tidemill has a strong and active team of governors who bring a range of skills and expertise that is valuable in making Tidemill such a great place to educate your children. Many of them are available in the playground on a regular basis and are very ‘hands-on’ in their contribution to the school.

Kellie Sou- Staff Governor

As Deputy Headteacher and one who progressed to this position at Tidemill, I decided to take on the role of Staff Governor as I wanted to be the voice of staff. This position enables me to have an active role in sharing the exciting and excellent practice happening at Tidemill with the governors and enables me to keep staff up to date with developments happening on the governing body. I have a wealth of experience teaching across the primary curriculum and believe that this supports me to inform decisions that are made on the governing body.

Lisa Turner- Staff Governor
Standards & Community

I took on the role of Staff Governor in 2012 because I wanted to take a more active role in moving forward as an Academy. I am on the standards and community subcommittee, an area I have a keen interest in. As most of you know I have worked at Tidemill since 2006 and enjoy good relationships with staff, children and the school community.

Martin Matarise- Co-Opted Governor
Standards & Community

My name is Martin Matarise. I am the proud father of a son who has blossomed at Tidemill, with the help of brilliant teachers. I am a Marketer by training and experience. I became a Parent Governor for a simple reason: as parents, we want our children to develop into confident adults, successful in whatever they choose to do. As they grow, we want them to know they can be anything they want to be, with the right attitude, values, preparation and focus.

This is a messy, confusing, demanding and rewarding experience for us all. On this journey, we make the decision to partner with schools, at each stage.

I will use that voice, as the Governing Body works with the school to formulates their strategies and as the professionals implement them.I welcome your voices too, because I have such blind spots! For this, could you honestly ever be too involved?

Paulene Burton-Gayle- Parent Governor

I applied to become Parent Governor because I wanted to be a ‘voice’ to provide support for all parents from Tidemill Academy. I want to help bridge any gaps between the school, parents and the community to ensure that the school continues to be ‘outstanding’, a happy and safe learning environment for all our children in order to prepare them for secondary school and future aspirations.

My career background is Teaching; ICT; Computing Science; Fashion & Textiles; Project Management; PA etc. Having many years experience within the education sector places me in a good position to have a clearer understanding of how the school is run.

My daughter attended the school and I have seen her confidence grow from strength to strength from the very first day she started at Tidemill Primary now Tidemill Academy. I knew from when we first walked into the school my daughter was going to be happy and receive a good education (a happy reminder of my primary school days!).

I am also on the Standards and Community committee. I have given support with sewing school costumes and also accompanied teachers on many school trips. I was fortunate to take part in the first National ‘School Trip Fit’ course. The course enabled parents to understand the process involved in ensuring all school trips are safe and healthy for all our children by carrying out risk assessment plans for the whole of the school journey. I would like all parents from all backgrounds to feel comfortable to speak to me about their ideas/concerns regarding their children within the school. I will endeavour to enable you to feel reassured your voice will be heard with positive outcomes.

Graham Johnson- Co-Opted Governor

A Community Governor is asked to join the Local Governing body because they have a skill that might help the school. My specialty is communication and media because I have worked as a journalist and author for 20 years. As Tidemill’s Communications Director, I have helped get stories about our school in the South London Press, the Evening Standard and onto ITN London Tonight TV News. I have also helped Tidemill build relationships with Sky News, the BBC and several national newspapers.

Good, honest public relations tell the community what Tidemill is doing. Press coverage is also important because pupil sand parents get a buzz out of seeing their picture in the paper and staff are publicly acknowledged for their very hard work.

Jonathan Mayes- Trust Governor

I have been a governor at Tidemill since 2013. Being a school governor is a positive way of becoming actively involved in my local community. I live in the area and work for the Philharmonia Orchestra, planning concerts and tours.

My job deals with musicians, venues, local authorities and music education providers across the country, so I have a good insight into the benefits of the arts and what a big impact music and other art forms can have in schools. I am also still active as a musician: playing piano privately and singing in a central-London chamber choir called Coro.

I visit Tidemill a couple of times each term and am always happy to talk with pupils, parents and teachers about the arts and the positive role that performing arts can play in education.

Abigail Coman Walker- Trust Governor

For the last 12 years, I have worked for HSBC Bank in many of their global locations including Hong Kong, Brasil and UAE. When I returned to the UK in 2013, I wanted to find an opportunity to contribute my skills and knowledge to the local community. As the parent of two young children, becoming a school governor seemed ideal.

In addition to a background in banking and international finance, focussed primarily on the retail segment, I am a qualified Management Accountant with experience in accounting and financial reporting. I hope will be of value to the school and Board of Governors. I have held a number of voluntary roles previously, the most recent being Treasurer on the Board of the MadeinBC: Dance on Tour in Vancouver, Canada and I also have experience of working on Boards.

I have been the Chair for the Resources Committee for the past year which covers a wide remit, including finance, budgeting, staffing, risk management, premises and health and safety. This role allows me to contribute to the UK education system by using my finance and management skills.

Sharleen Baxter- Trust Governor

I am delighted to have been elected as a parent governor as I am passionate about the education of all our children. I have watched Tidemill develop in such a positive way after the building move and would love to help develop it further.

I am a parent of 5 children, all of which have attended Tidemill and have a background in education; therefore I have a good understanding of the way children develop. I feel that I can support and challenge the Leadership Team in matters that arise.